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Submission period opens for ‘Glory of the Senses’ essay contest

To continue Paul Engle’s tradition of inspiring writers and celebrating the rich culture of Iowa, the City of Literature organization annually solicits essays from Iowa high school sophomore about an “Iowa experience,” drawing on a specific memory to capture the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of the day. The submission period for the 2017 competition [...]

Glasgow organist performs in Iowa City for UNESCO connection

Glasgow-based concert organist Kevin Bowyer gave the inaugural organ performance today on the new pipe organ in the University of Iowa’s Voxman School of Music building. Bowyer didn’t play just any piece, but rather the eight-hour “Second Symphony for Organ” by Kaikhosru Sorabji. The piece began at noon today, and will conclude this evening. About [...]

Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of nearly 100 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 24-26. The festival begins Friday, Feb. 24, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 22 participating [...]

2016 Iowa City Book Festival: Build your own theme

Two years ago, we had the great fortune of presenting an Iowa City Book Festival featuring two Pulitzer-winning authors with strong Iowa ties in Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley. An attendee at the Smiley event remarked, “You obviously had an Iowa theme to this year’s festival. What will the next theme be?” Our theme that [...]

Roxane Gay named recipient of 2016 Paul Engle Prize

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Roxane Gay has been named the fifth recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in [...]